Special focus: presidential visits at SPACE
Since the creation of the Show, 3 Presidents of the French Republic have inaugurated SPACE! It took 15 years before a President inaugurated the Show as the first Presidential visit was on 2001, with Jacques CHIRAC. His coming to an agricultural Show clearly implies that agriculture is a major preoccupation at the top of the political institution. As usual, he had planned talks and shook hands with a crowd. He will certainly remember for a long time his visit at SPACE on Tuesday 11 September 2001, coinciding with the attacks of the World Trade Center...
In 2007, Nicolas SARKOZY have inaugurated the Show. It was his second time at SPACE, after a visit in 2004 as Ministry of Economics, Finances and Industry.
And in 2012, it's François HOLLANDE, elected in May of the same year, who took his time to savour the atmosphere of the Show spending over three hours going through the different halls. .
During these 3 visits, all the Presidents were recently elected, being in the first year of their mandate. What about 2017 ?